Leah Sharibu’s Mother Prays For Her Return As She Turns 18 In Captivity


Mrs Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of one of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorists from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi, Yobe State has prayed for the safe return of her daughter.

Leah was just 15 years when she was taken hostage by Boko Haram insurgents in Yobe State alongside other girls in February 2018.

While others have regained their freedom, she is still in Boko Haram’s captivity for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.

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Friday marks her 18th birthday and her mum, Rebecca is renewing calls on the Federal Government to release Leah, four years after.

Leah Sharibu was one of the schoolgirls abducted from Dapchi, Yobe state, in February 2018.
Leah Sharibu was one of the schoolgirls abducted from Dapchi, Yobe state, in February 2018.


“What I have to say to the government is that I want the President to fulfil his promise about the return of Leah, especially those praying for Leah. I pray that God should strengthen them.

“The fact that the whole world is praying for the return of Leah is why I am hopeful that one day as God pleases, Leah will return.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had on February 19, 2020, promised that his administration would secure would ensure the release of all persons currently in the captivity of Boko Haram and other terror groups across the country and beyond.

The President stated this in a message he personally signed as part of activities marking the second anniversary of the abduction of 110 students of Government Girls’ Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.

From Chibok To Jangebe: A Timeline Of School Kidnappings In Nigeria 

Schools have become targets of attacks by gunmen in Nigeria.


Suspected gunmen on Friday morning attacked a school in Zamfara State, abducting scores of students in the third mass abduction in the past three months in Africa’s most populous nation.

The attackers stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe in the wee hours of the day.

Hours later, the police authorities in the northwestern state confirmed that three hundred and seventeen students (317) were abducted in the latest kidnapping, a development which Amnesty International described as an “attack on education in Northern Nigeria.”

Friday’s attack by assailants is not an isolated case. In the past few years, schoolchildren have become the latest high-profile kidnapping targets in the country, especially in the northern part, raising concerns over the safety of educational institutions across the nation.

Here is a timeline of mass kidnappings in schools in the West African nation:

14th April 2014: Boko Haram Strikes Chibok

The first of these school abductions dates to April 14th, 2014 when terrorist group Boko Haram attacked the Girls Secondary School in Chibok, a town on the border between Borno and Adamawa states.

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About two hundred students were said to have been kidnapped during the attack in the northeast, a region ravaged by incessant assaults by the terror group.

Nigeria’s security agencies in the wake of the abduction moved to rescue the schoolchildren. The efforts have yielded some results as 107 of them have been reunited with their families.

Despite fears that the students may not return home again, the country is not backing down on its quest to get all kidnapped schoolchildren back, President Muhammadu Buhari assured during the fifth-year anniversary of the incident.

19th Feb. 2018: Dapchi Girls Captured

Barely four years after the attack on Chibok, the insurgents took their onslaught to Yobe, another state in the troubled northeast region. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed confirmed that 110 students were kidnapped after Boko Haram invaded the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi, on Monday, February 19, 2018.

Some Abducted Dapchi Schoolgirls Return
A photo of the school’s signboard.


When the gunmen attacked the all-girls boarding school, many residents of the town had thought they were security forces as they came in camouflaged vehicles.

Although most of the students have reunited with their families after they were released (on March 21, 2018) by their abductors, Leah Sharibu, is yet to be freed by the gunmen. Reports suggest the 14-year-old, a Christian, wasn’t freed with the others because she refused to convert to Islam.

Her continued stay in the terrorists’ den has become a subject of national and global interests. But the Nigerian government says it is committed to getting her out of captivity 

11th Dec. 2020: Gunmen Kidnap Kankara Boys

While the country battles to eradicate terror attacks from Boko Haram, mass kidnapping of schoolchildren spread to the northwestern region.  On Friday, December 11th, bandits took three hundred and three students of  Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina into captivity.

The incident which happened just as President Buhari embarked on a week-long vacation in his home state of Katsina, security experts believe, further underscored the porous nature of Nigerian schools.

A photo released by NAF on December 18, 2020, shows some military personnel involved in the effort that led to the return of the Kankara schoolboys.


But, a week after the students were taken into captivity, their abductors released them. The government denied paying a ransom to secure the students from the all-boys educational institution.

The presidency had said the release of the students is a pointer to the administration’s resolve to ensure the safety of Nigerians, thanking security agencies for their swiftness.

Feb. 17th 2021: Bandits Seize 41 In Kagara

Amid calls by several high-profile personalities to negotiate with and grant amnesty to bandits who have in recent times appeared emboldened in their attacks, 41 persons were kidnapped on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 in a school in Niger State.

The gunmen raided the Government Science College Kagara, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, capturing students, teachers, and their family members from the school. Twenty-seven students were among the abductees.

The Kagara abduction comes less than three months after the kidnap of students in Kankara, Katsina State.


Buhari had, following the incident, given a marching order to security agents to rescue the students and ensure they return and are reunited with their parents unhurt. The State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello had also ordered the closure of all boarding schools in the northcentral state, a move he said, was to forestall similar mass abduction.

26th Feb. 2021: 317 Female Students Abducted In Jangebe

Less than ten days after the bandits raided Kagara, gunmen kidnapped 317 schoolgirls from the Government Girls Science Secondary School Jangebe in Jangebe, Zamfara State. The incident happened on Friday, February 26th, 2021

The all-female school located in Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of the state was attacked past midnight. Police authorities in Zamfara say rescue efforts are in top gear, calling for calm among residents of the state.

Schools in Nigeria have become increasingly targeted by gunmen.


High-profile individuals and organizations have continued to condemn the recent abduction in Zamfara. 

“The girls abducted are in serious risk of being harmed. Nigerian authorities must take all measures to return them to safety, along with all children currently under the custody of armed groups,” rights group, Amnesty International, tweeted on its handle. 

“Education is under attack in northern Nigeria. Schools should be places of safety, and no child should have to choose between their education and their life. Other children have had to abandon their education after being displaced by frequent violent attacks on their communities.”

Security Operatives Kill Seven Insurgents In Dapchi

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Seven suspected Boko Haram members have been killed by a team of security operatives in Dapchi, Yobe State.

The insurgents were said to have attacked the community on Monday, shooting sporadically but were later engaged in a firefight by troops and policemen deployed in the area.

According to local sources, three soldiers and one mobile policeman were injured in the gunfight which lasted about four hours, although calm has returned to the community.

The palace of the district head, a maternity clinic, and part of the Divisional Police Station were said to have been burnt by the attackers.

Some of the attackers also carted away with food palliatives brought to the palace of the district head by the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

The military’s fighter jets were said to have destroyed two Toyota Hilux vehicles belonging to the attackers.

Dapchi, which is 100 kilometres from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, was last attacked on March 5 when seven mobile police officers were killed.

In February 2018, insurgents attacked the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College in Dapchi and kidnapped over 100 students.

The students were later freed, but one of the girls – Leah Sharibu, has remained in captivity for more than two years.

In a similar development, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole successfully repelled an attack by insurgents on Gajigana in Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State.

The military in a statement explained that the terrorists were advancing to attack troops’ location at Gajigana when the soldiers engaged them in exchange of fire.

Several terrorists were said to have been killed during the encounter.

Again, Suspected Boko Haram Insurgents Attack Dapchi Community

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Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents have again attacked Dapchi community in Yobe state shooting sporadically.

A Dapchi resident solely known as Garba told Channels Television that the security personnel stationed in the community engaged the gunmen while he was fleeing into the bush for safety.

Garba who is a mechanic further explained that the attackers carted away food palliatives brought into the palace of the District Head by State Emergency Management Agency and later set the palace ablaze.

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The Police Public Relation Officer in the state, ASP Abdulkarim Dungus confirmed the incident but said the number of casualties are still sketchy as means of communications have been tempered with making contacts very difficult .

Efforts to speak with the Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Chinonso Oteh proved abortive as he could not be reached on the phone.

Dapchi, a town about 100 kilometers from Damaturu the state capital was last attacked on March 5, 2020 in which seven mobile police officers were killed and also an armored vehicle burnt down.

Dapchi Attack: Boko Haram Kills Eight Policemen, Burns Armoured Vehicle


At least eight mobile policemen have been killed in Wednesday’s Boko Haram attack on Dapchi town in Yobe State.

Channels Television confirmed this on Thursday during a visit to the town, the headquarters of Bursari Local Government Area of the state.

The Acting Assistant Director of Army Public Relations of Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Chinonso Oteh, as well as the Police Public Relations Officer in Yobe, Dungus Abdulkarim, have confirmed the attack.

Both men were, however, unable to give details of the casualties in the incident.

The insurgents were said to have invaded the town in what appeared to be an attack targeted at security formations in Dapchi.

They attacked the Divisional Police Headquarters and the Nigerian Army formation in the town, while one police armoured vehicle was set ablaze.

According to local sources, they came to Dapchi, about 100 kilometres from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, through neighbouring Jumbam village.

Speaking in an interview with Channels Television, the residents called on the Federal Government to take up proactive measures in curtailing the incessant attacks on their community.

The Executive Secretary of the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Mohammed Goje, who visited the scene of the attack sympathised with the people of the town.

The attack comes two weeks after some insurgents stormed the town and set ablaze the telecommunication network facility in Dapchi.

See more photos from the scene of the attack below:

Boko Haram Attacks Dapchi Town, Burns Houses

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria.



Some suspected Boko Haram members have attacked Dapchi town, the headquarters of Bursari Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The insurgents carried out the attack on Wednesday evening in Dapchi, about 100 kilometres from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

Local sources told Channels Television that the attackers came to the town where Leah Sharibu and about 100 students of Government Girls Science Technical College were abducted in February 2018, through neighbouring Jumbam village.

The insurgents were said to have invaded the town and set some residential houses and government structures on fire.

When contacted, the acting Assistant Director of Army Public Relations, Sector 2 of Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Chinonso Oteh, said the details of the incident were unclear.

He, however, promised to give an update as well as the causality figure if there was any.

The attack comes two weeks after some insurgents stormed the town and set ablaze the telecommunication network facility in Dapchi.

Group Demands Release Of Abducted Leah Sharibu Before Christmas


A religious group, Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC) has asked the Federal Government to ensure the release of abducted Dapchi schoolgirl in Yobe state, Leah Sharibu, before Christmas.

The group said the release of Ms. Sharibu will be the best gift they will receive during the Yuletide.

The request was made during a meeting of the association in Kaduna state which drew members from the 19 northern States and the Federal Capital Territory.

Convener of the meeting, Professor Adamu Baikie lamented that after failing to release Ms Sharibu along with her schoolmates who were kidnapped in their secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe State, on February the 19th, 2018, nothing much has been heard about her whereabouts or even efforts being made by Security agencies to secure her release.

“Who is it that has not been saying that the government should do the needful? Maybe the government needs to be told what the needful is. The needful is to get this girl out, but they are the only ones who have the means to do so.

“We cannot but depend on divine protection and God answering our prayers. If we are in a position to do something, we would have done more than what we have done. The situation is not beyond us, but to execute what we can do is beyond us.

“We have not relented in praying for her and praying for justice to be done,” he added.

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Also, a Christian leader from Borno state, Reverend Toma Ragijinya, while lamenting the devastating condition of residents of Internally Displaced Persons in the state as a result of the Boko Haram attacks, said the church will continue to pray and sustain advocacies that will compel responses from government for the release of Ms. Sharibu who has spent over one year in captivity.

“What I will appeal to the government is that they have the capacity to do more than that to release this young girl. So we appeal that before the end of this year, before Christmas, let Leah Sharibu be released.

“We are praying and appealing that all those in authority should make sure that this girl is released and all Nigerians will celebrate her release.”

The group also urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on the deplorable roads across the country, which they pointed out also contribute to the spate of insecurity in the country.

They specifically urged the government to reactivate the old rail lines as an alternative means of transportation, instead of waiting when it will complete the new standard gauges that are capital intensive.

Year In Review: From Killings To Kidnappings, 2018 Screamed For Security


When suspected herdsmen attacked parts of Benue and killed 73 persons on New Year’s day in 2018, sparking outrage, few expected that killings would become some sort of sordid soundtrack to the year.

However, not only did killings continue and spread to different parts of the country, several other issues emerged during the year that led to questions around the security architecture of the country.

With the year now confined to history, we look at some of the major security issues the country grappled with.

An Orgy of Killings

On the 1st and 2nd of January, 2018, people believed to be herdsmen attacked communities in Benue State, killing 73 and leaving several others injured.

The slaughter led to allegations and counter allegations with some accusing herders of pursuing an expansionist agenda, while herders claimed they were being unfairly targetted.

As the killings spread to other parts of Benue and other states, Benue and Taraba all enacted anti-grazing laws which led to further contention and disputes.

In all, the killings in Benue seemed to have paved the way for the more carnage with similar-style attacks in Taraba, Pleateau, and Kaduna.

Zamfara witnessed a killing spree, albeit with a different coloration. The bloodshed is believed to be the result of the activities of bandits, cattle rustlers, illegal miners and more.

Between January 2016 and October 2018, clashes between herders and farmers have led to the death of at least 3,641 people according to Amnesty International, with 57 percent of the deaths occurring in 2018 alone.

Dapchi Girls Kidnap

The nation had barely come to terms with the killings in Benue and the fallout before news broke on February 19 regarding yet another horrific incident far away in Dapchi, Yobe State.

This time the sour tale was the abduction by Boko Haram of about 110 girls aged between the ages of 11 and 19 years, a very bitter reminder of the outrageous Chibok abduction of 2014.

Initially thought to be an attack aimed at food items and fuel, the realisation that more than 100 girls had been snatched from their school generated a lot of anger and questioned.

This was aggravated by the complaint of Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Geidam that troops had been withdrawn from the area without informing either the police authorities or the state government in advance.

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A shocked nation, distraught parents and the traumatised girls, however, when on 21 March, 104 of the girls were released by the terrorists.

But it was a bittersweet development with no closure as five of the schoolgirls died and one – the only Christian among them was held back reportedly for refusing to convert to Islam.

Her freedom remains a major issue and calls continue to come from across the world for her release.

Offa Robbery and the roar of bandits

Emerging security threats did not stop regular criminals from operating in 2018 and the deadly Offa bank robbery of April 4 was proof of that.

It wasn’t just another robbery, however. The level of ruthlessness the robbers unleashed on Offa Local Government Area of Kwara on that day was considered unprecedented by many.

The robbers hit four banks with dynamites and bullets. By the time they were done and gone, over 33 persons including nine police officers had been killed.

So far, the police have announced the arrest of five key suspects. The alleged leader of the group that stormed the banks has, however, died in custody, according to the police. The case is still being heard in the courts.

The robbery is arguably at the top of the pyramid of other criminal acts and the level of banditry in the country this year. Talking about bandits, they operated in several places – along the Abuja-Kaduna highway, in Zamfara, in camps in Benue and more.

Shiites Vs Army/Police

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria otherwise known as Shiites has been at loggerheads with the Federal Government and the Nigerian Army since 2015 when its leader Sheikh El-Zakzaky was injured and taken into custody after members clashed with the Army.

His continued detention has led to a series of protests. Prior to 2018, the protests had taken place mainly in Kaduna (where the group has been banned) and Kano.

In the course of the year, the Shiites took the protest to the streets of the Federal Capital Territory. The result? Clashes with security operatives and the police resulting in the loss of lives.

During one of the protests in May, the protesting IMN members clashed with the police, smashing vehicles.

Months later, on October 29, during another attempt to protest in Abuja, they had a run in with the military along the Nyanya-Keffi highway – on the outskirts of the nation’s capital.

According to the group, the military killed up to 50 of its members in the altercation. But the military said only three members of the group were killed that day and that the soldiers acted in self-defense.

The Shiites have said they will not stop their protests until the freedom of their incarcerated leader is secured.

More Rights Violation Allegations Against The Military

The year 2018, the operations of the military came under the spotlight with Amnesty International accusing the Nigeria military of infringing on the rights of different individuals, in the course of their executing their duties.

In a report in December, the group accused some military personnel of constantly used lethal force wrongly against innocent citizens.

Whiles accusing the government of negligence, A.I urged the government to investigate its claims and bring those found guilty to justice.

Replying to the accusations by A.I, both the Federal Government and the Army said the rights organisation was biased and that reports by the group are all inaccurate.

The Army said Amnesty International is working solely to destabilize the government, adding that it would make a case for the international rights group to leave Nigeria if they continue with their mode of operation.

Earlier, in March, a former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant, General Theophilus Danjuma (retd), accused the Nigerian Armed Forces of complicity in the killings in Taraba, Benue, and other “riverine states” in the country.

Danjuma’s allegation, during Taraba State University’s convocation in Jalingo, came at the peak of the killings and in reaction to the resultant military operations in Taraba and Benue as a result of the bloodshed.

His allegations were denied by the military.

The onslaught on Aid Workers

The country’s security challenges during the year did not spare aid workers. On March 1, Boko Haram terrorists attacked an internally displaced persons’ camp in Rann, Borno State, killing three of them and abducting three others.

Not only did the terrorists ignore calls, including from the United Nation, for their release, it shocked the world by executing two of the three abducted aid workers later in the year.

Both of them worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Saifura Ahmed was executed in September and despite pleas by the ICRC, UN, and others for the remaining women to be spared, Hauwa Liman was executed in October.

The attack and killings added another dimension to Nigeria’s war against terror and the safety of aid workers who have helped to provide relief for the millions displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Also in 2018, the relationship between the Nigerian Army some global agencies and charities operating in the North-East, especially UNICEF, turned sour.

In December, the army announced the suspension of the operations of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the North-East.

In a statement by its Deputy Director of Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, accused the agency of abandoning its primary humanitarian role in the region.

He said, “This has become inevitable since the organization has abdicated its primary duty of catering for the wellbeing of children and the vulnerable through humanitarian activities and now engaged in training selected persons for clandestine activities to continue sabotaging the counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency efforts of troops through spurious and unconfirmed allegations bothering on alleged violations of human rights by the military.”

The move attracted criticism with Amnesty International describing it as an act of intimidation.

The Mysterious Murder Of General Alkali:

In September, troops of the 3 Division of the Nigerian army embarked on a search and rescue operation for Major General Idris Alkali, who went missing on September 3.

Many would have thought the army did not have to search too far before they would pick up the retired General’s trail and rescue him.

However, the case did not play out as one would have excepted, the trail lingered too long, casting a cloud of uncertainty over the General’s safety.

In the course of the military investigation, a major discovery was made which caused many to question the safety of travelers within Nigeria.

The army found the retired General’s car in a pond at Doi Du community in Jos. It was believed that residents conspired to overpower and kill the retired military officer.

Two other vehicles; one which was reported missing with the driver on 24 June 2018 and the other red which was reportedly buried along with its occupants on the 31st of January, 2013.

These discoveries raised red flags around the nation as regards the many who have gone missing without a trace and how much effort was put into trying to find them.

The General’s remains were discovered in Guchwet in Shen of Jos South LGA of Plateau State, sadly, some of the major suspects were never apprehended.

As if this incident was not enough to stir panic in the heart of those traveling within the country, a few weeks later the death of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh was announced.

Badeh was gunned down by unknown gunmen, and his aide was kidnapped, further raising questions as to the issue of insecurity in Nigeria.

The late General’s aide was later released and some suspects were arrested.


Resurgent Insurgents

One of the most troubling development as regards security in 2018, is the upsurge in attacks by Boko Haram, especially in the latter part of the year.

Though the army continues to assure Nigerians that the terror group has been utterly decimated, still the jihadists continue to strike and wreak havoc.

A recent attack on three military bases in Metele, Borno State, has forced many to reconsider statements by the army considering the state of affairs within the North East.

There have been reports that the terrorists had taken over some towns in Borno state, causing residents to flee to neighboring towns.

The army, however, has denied the claims saying the towns in question are still under the control of the military, urging Nigerians to be calm.

In conclusion, let it be known that this review does not in any way seek to undermine the efforts of our security personnel in keeping the nation at peace, however, it has been written in a bid to spur operatives towards more gallant strides.

Beyond herdsmen crisis and the insurgency, there are still cases of smuggling and contrabands coming in from porous borders, there are also issues of human trafficking that go unchecked.

As the nation heads to the polls in 2019 and the hope is that the citizenry is better protected than in the previous year, for if 2018 had a soundtrack when it came to security challenges, it might as well be titled ‘Killing Fields’.

Again, Leah Sharibu’s Mother Begs FG To Rescue Her

Rebecca and Leah Sharibu


The mother of Leah Sharibu, the remaining Dapchi schoolgirl in captivity, has once again appealed to the Federal Government to meet the demands of her abductors and secure her release.

Rebecca Sharibu made the appeal during a news conference in Jos on Saturday, seven months after Leah was abducted.

In an emotional interaction with journalists, Leah’s mother who spoke in Hausa, said the appeal was urgent as Boko Haram had threatened to kill Leah if the group’s demands are not met.

“She pleaded with the President, the Vice President, the Secretary to the Federal Government to, please, do whatever they can to ensure that Leah is released,” Dr Gloria Samdi, an activist said after the heartbroken mother spoke.

Leah’s father, Nathan Sharibu, also called in and appealed to the government to act urgently as time is running out for his daughter.

He rejected having any connection with any court case against the Federal Government seeking compensation over the abduction of Leah.

The Convener, Citizens Monitoring Group, Reverend Gideon Para Mallam, called on the Federal Government to listen to the plea by Leah’s parents and take concrete steps to free her.

Leah Sharibu was one of the over 100 schoolgirls abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Dapchi, Adamawa State, on February 19, 2018.

Although the other girls have been freed, she has been held back reportedly for refusing to denounce her religion – Christianity.

There have been calls from across the world for her release.

Fresh Threat

Earlier this month, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram holding Leah captive, killed Saifura Ahmed, one of the three humanitarian workers abducted in Rann, Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.

Ahmed had been abducted along with two other aid workers in March.

Online news website The Cable reported that the terrorists threatened to kill Leah and the other aid workers in a month if the government does not meet their demands.

They claimed that they had contacted the government without getting a response.

The murder of the aid worker led to global outrage and was widely condemned.

In August, Leah herself had cried out to the President for help. She made the plea in an audio clip published by The Cable.

In the clip, Leah who at the time had been in captivity for six months also sought help for her family.

‘Pity Me’, Leah Sharibu Cries Out From Captivity

‘Pity Me,’ Leah Sharibu Cries Out From Captivity


The remaining Dapchi schoolgirl in the custody of Boko Haram factional group, Leah Sharibu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to help her regain freedom.

She made the plea in an exclusive audio clip published by TheCable on Monday.

In the clip, the 15-year-old who has been in captivity for six months also sought help for her family.

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Leah Sharibu

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“I am Leah Sharibu, the girl that was abducted in GGSS Dapchi. I am calling on the government, particularly, the President to pity me and get me out of this serious situation,” she said in Hausa.

The schoolgirl added, “I also plead to the members of the public to help my mother, my father, my younger brother and relatives. Kindly help me out of my predicament.

“I am calling on the government and people of goodwill to intervene to get me out of my current situation. I am begging you to treat me with compassion. Thank you.”


Leah, one of the over 100 schoolgirls abducted in February from the Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi in Yobe State, was kept in captivity by the terrorists reportedly for refusing to renounce Christianity.

She was the only Christian among the girls.

Following the abduction, the Federal Government said it was going with the option of negotiation to ensure the Dapchi girls regain their freedom rather than the use of military force.

This led to the release of the girls (except Leah) who were brought back to the community by the terrorists in March after spending four weeks in captivity.

But Leah’s continued stay in the terrorists’ captivity sparked a widespread criticism, although the government said it was making efforts to ensure her safe return.

Contrary to the claims that no money was paid for the release of the other Dapchi schoolgirls, the United Nations said they were returned “in exchange for a large ransom payment.”

A report released by the UN in mid-August also accused some non-governmental organisations of sending funds to Boko Haram and other local terrorist groups in the West African region.

‘Don’t Be Discouraged’, Dapchi School Authorities Tell Parents As School Resumes

Students of Government Girls Science and Technical College (GCSTC) in the school laboratory.


The school authorities of Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC) Dapchi in Yobe State have appealed to parents not to be discouraged but allow their children resume academic activities.

This is just as the school witness poor attendance on resumption day with some parents refusal to send their children back to the school.

The School Principal, Adama Abdulkareem, urged the parents to bring their wards to school noting that school the government has tried by improving security.

“The government has already tried. School has opened. So I am calling on the parents, they should not be discouraged by anything that has happened. They should bring their children.

“Education is compulsory and important. Children are the leaders of tomorrow and we cannot have leaders that are not educated,” she said.

Over 100 schoolgirls were abducted from the school on February 19, 2018 but they were later released by the insurgents, while Leah Sharibu remains in the hands of the abductors.

Some parents however insist that they will not allow their children return to the school until they see adequate security in place.

“There is no security there. Nobody will sacrifice his or daughter and send to that school. Even those writing their Senior Secondary School (SSS) Three exams at Guru. Some are jumping through the walls and escaping to their houses,” one of the parents told Channels Television.

However, final year students were seen writing the NAPTEP examinations, as well as academic and non-academic staff were seen on the premises.

CAN Holds Prayers For Release Of Remaining Dapchi Schoolgirl


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) the Yobe state chapter on Monday organised prayers for the release of the remaining Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu.

Sharibu is among the over a hundred schoolgirls that were abducted on February 19, 2018, by the Boko Haram sect.

The girls were released in March 2018 but she was held in captivity for refusing to denounce her Christian Faith.